The European Parliament Hemicycle 

The European Parliament Hemicycle


A visit to the Hemicycle is a great way to soak up the exciting atmosphere of the world’s largest transnational parliament and find out about its powers and role.


The European Parliament Hemicycle


The Brussels Hemicycle is closed for individual visitors during the plenary session from Monday 19 October (afternoon) until Thursday 22 October. Visitors will only be able to access the Hemicycle on Monday, from 9.00 until 16.00 (last entry at 15.00). Thank you for your understanding.

The Hemicycle is the vibrant heart of European democracy, where Members of the European Parliament gather during plenary sessions to hold the largest and most important debates. It also provides the setting for historic votes that change the way people live across the European Union.

The visit can take place in any of the European Union’s 24 official languages. Visits are free of charge. Advance booking is required for groups and individual visitors. It is fully accessible for visitors with disabilities.


We currently propose: 

  • individual visits
  • online Interactive Talks with Parliament speakers 
  • online European Youth Seminars

Individual visitors

Individual visitors can visit the Hemicycle with a multimedia guide, join a personalised talk or follow plenary sessions. Visits are available for individuals, families and small groups of up to 9 people. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 

During your visit to the Hemicycle you will also have the opportunity to discover the ‘United in diversity art exhibition’ which is part of the European Parliament’s art collection with art works from all Member States. Follow this link to learn more about the art collection.


Multimedia guides 

Visit the Hemicycle at your own pace with a multimedia guide and learn how the European Parliament works. Visits with multimedia guides are available in the 24 official languages of the EU and last around 60 minutes. Please note that multimedia guided visits are not possible during plenary sessions.

You can download the multimedia guide ahead of your visit. The app 'EP Visit' is available on the Apple Store and Google Play.


Hemicycle talks

Put your questions to one of our speakers as you follow a talk on the work and role of the European Parliament. Hemicycle talks are offered on Mondays. They last around 60 minutes and are available in English and French (other languages are subject to availability).


Follow the plenary session (visits during plenary currently suspended due to Covid-19)

During plenary sessions, a limited number of places are available for individual visitors to follow the session for an hour. Admission depends on the availability of places. Check the visiting times for the dates of plenary sessions in Brussels.

Visiting times

Visits are not possible at weekends and on office closing days or public holidays. In 2020, the latter includes 02/11 and from 24/12 to 03/01/2021.

Multimedia guides¹ Monday-Thursday Friday
09:30 - 17:00 9:00 – 17:00 9:00 – 13:00
Multimedia guides¹
09:30 - 17:00
9:00 – 17:00
9:00 – 13:00
Talks Monday
11.00 och 15.00 11:00 and 15:00
11.00 och 15.00
11:00 and 15:00
Plenary sessions² Wednesday Thursday
15.00–17.30 15:00 – 17:30 9:00 − 12:00
Plenary sessions²
15:00 – 17:30
9:00 − 12:00
  1. Last entry for multimedia guided visits is at 16.00 from Monday to Thursday and at 12.00 on Friday.
  2. Plenaries taking place in Brussels are shown on the European Parliament calendar as 2 or 3 day blocks of red.
    • In 2020: visits during plenary sessions suspended.
    • In 2021: 24-25 March, 23-24 June, 10-11 November.


Onsite group visits to the Hemicycle are currently suspended; however, we offer alternative online activities. 


Online Interactive EP Talks

Learn more about the role and powers of the European Parliament in an interactive and personalised online presentation in the 24 EU languages. You can ask your questions to a staff member and invite an MEP.

Group leaders can book a visit by filling in the online request form, noting “Online Talk” in the field ‘Expectation for the visit’


Online European Youth Seminars

Participate in a European Youth Seminar online. 

These webinars offer an immersive experience for groups of young people from different European countries to debate and explore important issues. They foster active citizenship and openness towards European cultures and enhance youth participation in the democratic process.

The programme consists of an introduction to the role and powers of the European Parliament, workshops in breakout rooms, where participants work in subgroups to identifying challenges and propose concrete solutions to them, and a discussion with a Member of European Parliament, who will react to the ideas generated during the workshops.

The programme is designed for groups consisting of participants aged 16-18 or 18-26. Participants are mixed together to create several subgroups, which work in breakout rooms on a different aspect of the topic during the webinar. 

The length of the activity is approximately 2 hours. The activity is organised in English, French or German and other languages upon request and subject to availability. 


Physical Visits (currently suspended due to Covid-19)

Visits of the Hemicycle can be organised for groups of 10 to 100 people and should be booked 2-3 months in advance. Requests are subject to the availability of rooms and speakers.

Group visits last 1-2 hours and consist of a personalised talk by a staff member on the role and powers of the European Parliament, a question-and-answer session and a visit to the Hemicycle gallery. They are available in all 24 European Union languages, from Monday to Friday. Depending on the European Parliament’s calendar, groups may also be able to follow the plenary session from the gallery for an hour.

Visits are not possible at weekends and on office closing days or public holidays. 

Group leaders can book a visit by filling in the online request form.


Combined visits to several facilities

Please mention if you want to combine your visit to the Hemicycle with the Parlamentarium and/or the House of Europe History when filling in the reservation request. Advance notice will ensure a smooth visit.

Covid-19 measures

Please read the following measures so that you have a safe visit (Updated: 15/10/20):

  • Please reserve your visit online. If you don’t have a booking, you will only be admitted if there is sufficient space inside.
  • Please bring your own face mask.
  • You might have a temperature check at the entrance and not be allowed to enter if your temperature is above 37.7°C.
  • All individual visitors follow a fixed path during their visit.
  • You must keep 1.5m from other visitors.


A valid identity document (ID card or passport) is required to access European Parliament buildings.

All visitors and bags are subject to airport-style security checks before entry. Firearms, explosive or inflammable substances, pepper sprays, sharp items and other objects that could be considered weapons are prohibited. In accordance with Belgian national legislation, certain prohibited items may be handed over to the police.

Photography and filming are permitted inside the visitors’ area, but are prohibited in the security area and in the Hemicycle gallery during plenary sessions.


For visitors with reduced mobility, the hemicycle visitor facility offers full wheelchair access, and our staff is on hand to provide assistance.

During visits, our staff is happy to work with sign-language interpreters. It is up to group leaders to arrange for the services of such interpreters.

Should you require special assistance, please notify us in advance.

Facilities (not available due to Covid-19)

There is a canteen in the visitors area of the Paul-Henri Spaak building, but it is available only to groups by reservation.


Paul-Henri Spaak-byggnaden
Rue Wiertz/Wiertzstraat 60
B-1047 Bryssel


Bryssel–Luxemburg-stationen ligger närmast Europaparlamentet.

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